Three trees have been taken down at Lewis Park in Courtenay.

Anne Guillo with the City of Courtenay says the trees were located near the Tsolum Building and washrooms. She says the trees were infested with spruce park beetle and woodpeckers had removed large sections of bark to get at the beetles.

She adds the city’s been keeping an eye on the trees for a few years now because of declining health.

Guillo says the decision was made to remove the trees because of the public safety concerns – since Lewis Park is so popular with residents.